Speeches and Statements
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and a CBP delegation visited Poland, Latvia and Estonia last week to meet with officials and observe border security operations along the European Union’s eastern external border. CBP is committed to help strengthen and improve border security capabilities throughout the region and as part of that commitment, Commissioner McAleenan announced that CBP will deploy a Law Enforcement Liaison to Warsaw this summer.
At this time, any estimates of the total border wall cost are premature as there are many variables that are currently unknown. The budget request of $2.6 billion is to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection with the implementation of the entirety of the Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. This budget request includes significantly more than just border wall as technology and hiring are also key requirements under the EO.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection remains committed to using polygraph as part of the vetting process for applicants of law enforcement positions as an important tool to ensure the integrity of our workforce.
Good morning, and welcome to our first COAC of the new administration, and my first COAC as Acting Commissioner. I’m really looking forward to our conversation and discussions today. Thank you, Valarie [Neuhart], for your work as Acting Director of the Office of Trade Relations and thanks to your staff for organizing our first COAC of this year.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at John F. Kennedy Airport was contacted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yesterday, February 22, 2017, to assist in locating an individual possibly aboard Delta flight 1583 from San Francisco International Airport to JFK. This individual was ordered removed by an immigration judge. To assist our law enforcement partners, two CBP officers requested identification from those on the flight in order to help identify the individual. The individual was determined not to be on the flight.
I am pleased to announce the selection of Ronald D. Vitiello as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, effective Feb. 1, 2017. Chief Vitiello is uniquely qualified for this important senior executive leadership post – which is equivalent to an Executive Assistant Commissioner position – having served as Acting Chief from Dec. 1, 2015 until July 20, 2016, when he was appointed Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support
On behalf of the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol, I want to thank Mark Morgan for his unwavering dedication to our border security mission, and recognize his life-long career in service to the nation. Mark Morgan’s career spans more than 31 years of faithful service to the nation, including service in the U.S. Marine Corps, as a local deputy sheriff and police officer, 20 years in the FBI, as Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Internal Affairs, and, finally, as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.